A significant Syrian achievement in Idlib province is reported, falsely, as the commission of a War Crime. A few days ago the Syrian Arab Army recovered a pivotal military base from Al Qaeda (Al Nusra . . . Hayat Tahir, from now on I’m going to call them Al Qaeda in Syria). This is important because, among other things, the […]Read more
I’m not sure that the Syrian War was ever a civil war. The inflammatory incident in Dara’a very early in 2011 was documented by false flag videos on Al Jazeera and was augmented by a huge weapons stash in the central Mosque, brought in through Jordan from Libya by foreign fighters. The FSA were payed and trained by the Turkish and Qatari governments. Syria is a multi-ethnic, religiously diverse country. The Grand Mufti’s youngest son, a college student in Aleppo, was assassinated by a couple of Saudi hit men in mid 2011. But, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the most revered Sunni scholar in Syria did not quit. He joined forces with the Orthodox Bishops to promote peace. Both claim all Syrians as their children.
Foreign TV and print news framed the violence as a religious war, a sectarian war. And it’s true that there has been considerable ‘Sunni’ fundamentalist violence directed at others. However, the Grand Mufti’s story tell us it isn’t a ‘religious civil’ war as the highest Sunni stands with the minorities who are the victims. The perception of a civil war confused many people, including Syrians, off the jump. People had to adapt all over Syria to militias taking over their communities and propaganda from English language sources and Saudi Arabian and Qatari news outlets told them over and over that a civil war had begun and they would have to choose a side. Massacres occurred, and local press descriptions of events and government attempts to stabilize the situation were countered by the same international media, claiming that their own government and army were attacking citizens around the country. This propaganda has been a very effective part of the war on Syria.Read more
Censorship is coming to the internet. First PropOrNot and the Washington Post; now Harvard Library have come out with censorship lists. Who will come out against open discussion and truth telling on the internet next? Google is going to censor it’s listings to exclude, or at least flag ‘fake news’. Chrome is going to enforce a requirement for websites to have SSL Security Certificates, which are quite expensive. What next?
Before the Obama Presidency, there were radio channels devoted to left/Democrat pundits. Ed Shultz and Tom Hartman were on the air daily. Now they are relegated to the Russian News Channel, RT.com while Rachel Maddow joined MSNBC where she currently spouts hyperbolic anti-Russian propaganda to undermine the Trump Presidency. (I don’t like Mr. Trump either, buts lets keep or reason). The radio stations that supported them are gone. You might say, “Well, the age of talk radio is ending.” No. Absolutely not! Not if you are a conservative Democrat or Republican. Not if you are a war mongering, racist or anti-racist, LGTBQ or anti LGTBQ spokesperson.
#Aleppo is on fire, alright. But, it doesn’t look quite the way the Western Mainstream Media reports it. On April 28th, the New York times reported, Divided Aleppo Plunges Back Into War as Syrian Hospital Is Hit. The article gives context to events in the first paragraph as follows: “as they reeled from government airstrikes that demolished a hospital in the insurgent-held side and from retaliatory mortar assaults by rebels on the government-held side.” It goes on to quantify the casualties on the ‘rebel’ side and to give details of the destruction there. Twitter is aflutter with #AleppoBurning and #AleppoHospital tweets castigating the government forces for violating the cease fire and attacking a hospital, ‘killing the last pediatrician in Aleppo’.
I don’t know about the strike on the hospital. I don’t know if the hospital was a hospital before the war, and if not, it it was identified as a hospital for forces. The claim is that it was, in which case there is not justification for bombing the site. However, the context of this report is all wrong. The bombing of the hospital was not the beginning of this battle, nor a peremptory violation of the cease fire. And though it is a tragedy that people were killed, that a doctor was killed, the doctor. was not the last pediatrician in Aleppo nor can we be certain that the majority of casualties occurred among the U.S. supported fighters and their families holding a small portion of the city in Eastern Aleppo.
According to a journalist in Aleppo writing under the name Edward Dark, there are 2 million people in the government held portion of Aleppo, and 200 thousand in the so called ‘rebel held’ area, which he claims is populated by Al Nusra and their associates. Constant shelling over the last week of civilian areas in West Aleppo, the 75% of the city held by the government, have resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties.Read more
The reports currently in the news about starvation in Syria are quite devastating. The story has spread rapidly from social media to the mainstream news. Today the New York Times published an article called: Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying. The claim is that the government has denied food to the people of Madaya, which is in an area where there has been intense fighting since last summer, This story has been a big scandal recently, with unidentified Syrians posting pictures and videos of emaciated starving people, including children on the internet.
Also this morning, Russia Today featured a story on Aid Convoys Entering Madaya about the food being delivered to the town by the United Nations. RT also identified sources of some of the images which had been borrowed from other times and places. According to the article in TeleSUR, Aide Convoys Leave Lebanon for Syrian Town Under Seige. some people in Madaya were indeed suffering from malnutrition and lack of medical care. Other ‘rebel held’ towns in Syria not targeted by the government are also suffering from starvation. This is the nature of war.Read more